14 DECEMBER 2017

Dear All,

Looking forward to our performance in Durweston this Friday afternoon.  See below.  By popular request (!!) I am attaching the music for While Shepherds which you may find useful.  I do hope as many choir members as possible will come along so that we can put on a really good show.   Although there is plenty of parking, it makes sense to share transport wherever possible. 


Friday 15 December: Christmas entertainment for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.  Durweston Village Hall, Church Road, Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0QA.  Please arrive 2 o’clock for a 2.15 start.   Usual dress code – i.e. shades of red above the waist, dark or black below.  

We will do four audience carols and about eight on our own, chosen from ...

Audience: O Come, In the bleak, O little town, It came upon, Joy to the world, Away in a manger. 

Choir: Rudolph, White Christmas (probably with audience second time through), While Shepherds (music attached), Boars Head, Hosanna, Fais Dodo, Tune your Harps, Carol of the Bells, Hark the Herald (Durweston tune of course), Come Tune.

Depending on general audience response, will also do the Mistletoe round which Karen and I will teach our audience.

Wednesday 20 December: Choir Christmas Party.  Please bring finger food to share.  Christmas cake (thankyou Vivienne - soprano), mulled wine (thankyou Dick- bass) and fruit juice as well as tea or coffee provided.  Lots of singing and a few games on the menu.

Thursday 21 December: Singing around the wards at Shaftesbury Hospital to swell the ranks.  6.30 p.m. start

Wednesday 27 December: NO CHOIR

Wednesday 3 January: Choir meets as usual + a glass of something special to toast the New Year in.


The full sized prints (unframed) of the picture of the choir that Mike Bailey painted last year have been produced and paid for.  If you ordered one you can collect it at the party next week.  £20.  They are beautifully printed on high quality paper and all profits have been given to Shaftesbury Abbey. 


Linda Indge (soprano) is making prints of the three lovely photographs that her husband took of us at the Quaker Meeting House earlier this month.  If you ordered any, they too will be available next week. (Two sizes 7 x 5 and 6 x 4; £1.50 and £1.00 respectively.)



Shaftesbury Home Grown have a final half lamb and a number of sheep skins for sale.  See the attached details from Matthew (tenor).


Saturday 16 December (this weekend): Pilgrim Singers with special guest local girl Marta Fontanals-Simmons, now international mezzo-soprano fresh from Glyndebourne! Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul Wincanton at 7.30 p.m.


Christmas Concert given by the Gillingham Singers at East Stour Village Hall.  See website or last week’s newsletter.

Sunday 17 December: Open air nativity play outside Shaftesbury Town Hall.  The organisers would love any members of the community choir who are free to join in with the singing of five or six well-known carols.  No rehearsal needed.  Starts 1.00 p.m.

Sunday 31 December: NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, Wanstrow Village Hall, Near Frome www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk
FROM 5.30PM –MIDNIGHT.  Harmonic Temple songs.  SHARED MEAL –VEGETARIAN PLEASE, NO ALCOHOL. SHORT RITUAL for leaving the old year behind and welcoming the new one.  Dance of Universal Peace & SEASONAL SONG.   To book: Tel Rasullah 01749 850474  rasullah@btinternet.com  Cost: £20, £15 CONCS